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The Hari-vaa

The Family of Hari


Edited, typeset, and translated
by
Neal Delmonico
May 13, 2011

Contents
Primal Creation ( )

Creation of Daka ( )

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CONTENTS

Primal Creation ( )

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Primal Creation

Bowing down to Nryaa


and to Nara, the best of men,
and also to Goddess Sarasvat,
one may then give rise to victory.
aunaka said:
O Sauti, you have told the surpassingly great story of the Bhratas
and of all the people of earth, of the gods and the Dnavas, of the Gandarvas, Uragas, and Rakas', of the Daityas as well as of the Siddhas, and
indeed of the Guhyakas, too. (1-2)
Extraordinary actions and exploits, confirmed by dharma and amazing, that are worthy of the telling you have narrated with your praising
words, and also that first unsurpassable birth which is auspicious and
ancient. That joy to the mind and ear pleases me like nectar. (3-4)
In that account you described the births of the Kurus, o Lomaharaa,
but not that of the Vis and Andhakas. Therefore, please narrate that
to me. (5)
Sta said:
What Janamejaya asked of the disciple of the brilliant Vysa, I will
tell to you, the lineage of the Vis from the beginning. (6)
After hearing of the complete history of the Bhratas, that Bhrata,
Janamejaya, greatly wise, addressed Vaiampyana: (7)
You have narrated the Mahbhrata story, with many meanings and
many expansions, o vipra, and I have listened to it at length. (8)
In it are described many heros, bulls among men, along with their
names and actions, great warriors of the Vis and Andhakas. (9)
Best of the twice-born, you have described their blameless actions
sometimes succinctly and sometimes at great length, o surpassing one.
(10)

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And I am not satisfied in this ancient lore which is being sung. In my


opinion they are one group, the Vis and the Pavas. (11)
You, too, are expert in their ancestry having see them directly. O
you whose wealth is austerity, tell us in detail about their family. (12)
I want to know who came in whose lineage and about their previous,
wonderous genesis all the way back to Prajpati. (13)
Sta said:
Having been respected and thoroughly questioned, that great-soul of
mighty glow, told him the story in detail and in its proper sequence.
(14)
Vaiampyana said:
Listen, o king, to the auspicious story that destroys sin that I am
about to tell. It is wonderful, possessed of many meanings, and equal to
revelation. (15)
One who causes this to be remembered, dear one, or one who hears
it constantly, upholds his own ancestry and delights in heaven. (16)
That which is the unmanifest cause is eternal and consists of being
and nonbeing. It is the Primal Person and from that the Controller made
the universe. (17)
Know him, indeed, o great king, to be brahman, unlimited in power,
the creator of all beings, dependent on Nryaa. (18)
But ego-identity comes from the mahat and from that comes the elements. The distinct elements come from the [general] elements. Such
is the eternal creation. (19)
And listen as I describe to the best of my wits and as I have heard it
the parts of the expansion which increases the fame of one's ancestors.
(20)

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The praise of those whose reknown is abiding and whose every action is meritorious brings wealth, reputation, the destruction of enemies,
heaven, and increases one's longevity. (21)
Therefore, [may] your health [be] completely for the healthy and
your purity for the pure, I will tell you the unsurpassed creation of the
elements upto the family of the Vis. (22)
Selfborn Viu, who is Bhagavn, desiring to create various creatures, created the waters in the beginning and in them cast his seed.
(23)
The waters were called ``nra'' by name previously. So one hears.
And his path they were previously. Therefore, he is remembered as
Nryaa. (24)
It became golden colored, that egg lying in the waters. In that Brahm,
the self-born, was himself born. So do we recall. (25)
Bhagavn Hirayagarbha after living for a year divided that egg into
two, the heaven as well as the earth. (26)
Between those two halves the master made space and he set the earth
afloat on the waters and made the directions tenfold. (27)
There he created time, mind, speech, desire, anger, and love and
wishing to create that kind of creation he created the lord of creatures.
(28)
He created Marci, Atri, Agiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, and Vasiha,
greatly powerful, the seven mind-born ones. (29)
These are ascertained in the Pura (Ancient Lore) as the Seven Brahms, the seven who are indeed of the same nature as Nryaa and born
of Brahm. (30)

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Then Brahm again created Rudra whose origin was in anger and the
seer Sanatkumra,1 seers born even before previous ones. (31)
But these seven beget the progeny [creatures], and o Bhrata, Rudra,
Skanda and Sanatkumra remain restraining their fiery powers. (32)
Of them [come] seven great families [lineages], divine and filled with
gods, ritually active and full of progeny, adorned by great seers. (33)
And in the beginning he created lightning flashes, thunderbolts, and
clouds, reddish rainbows and sea monsters, and he also created rainclouds. (34)
He measured out the ks, Yajus, Smans, to accomplish sacrifice.
``The Sdhyas worshipped the gods by those,'' so we have heard. (35)
Beings great and small were born from the bodily limbs of pava,2
the Lord of Creatures, while he was bringing about the creation of creatures. (36)
Dividing his body into two, with one half a male arose and with the
other half a female. In her he begot variegated progeny. He spread
through heaven and earth with his glory (might). (37)
Viu created the Virj; he [Virj] created the Vir Person (Purua).
Know that Person to be Manu. That indeed is remembered as the interval
of Manu. This is said to be the second interval of pava Manu. (38)
That Vairja Person, the Lord, produced the progeny-creation. Himself the creation of Nryaa, his progeny were not born of wombs. (39)
Long-lived, famous, fortunate, and prolific will be the person who
knows this primal creation. Such a one will achieve whatever goal is
desired. (40)
Thus, is the first chapter in the Lineage of Hari.

1 One of the four eternally youthful, celibate sages: Sanatkumra, Sanaka, Sanandana,
and Santana. In a verse excluded from the critical edition, the three others are listed.
2 The referent of this word pavais not known. It could refer to Varua. It seems to
mean ``related to p,'' which may have something to do with purification. Its confusion
with the verb apav, ``to sweat,'' is probably the source of Puric myths about Viu's
sweating up the cosmic waters after entering the cosmic egg.

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